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the TOY FAIR

the TOY FAIR

London ,UK
Industry
Industry:
Children Toys & Games
Organizer
Organizer :
BTHA
Event website
Event website :
the TOY FAIR
Frequency
Frequency:
1 year

Introduction

In terms of achievements, progressive ideas and innovations in the toy industry, the Toy Fair is the international trade fair that you should visit. First held in 1954, Toy Fair (or London Toy Fair in some instances) sees interest from all over the world and showcases high-quality toys, games and hobbies products. It’s where you come to move products off shelves, diversify revenue streams as well as take a deep dive into the latest trends to come out of the industry. In terms of products, the entire value chain is present – wooden toys, party games, applied arts, dolls, plushies and children’s books, puzzles, model toys, smart toys, electronic toys and train sets. You can even see complex toys in action at the Demo Zone. There are other programming highlights that elevate exhibitors’ experience like the Toymaster Members Lounge and Toy Fair TV Studio.

Logistics

Toy Fair is held in London, UK and editions arrive every single year at the start of the calendar usually in early January. Editions last for three days total and take place at the Olympia London exhibition centre. The official organiser for the event is the British Toy and Hobby Association and admission is given to only trade visitors. Doors open from 09:00 am in the morning until 18:00 pm in the afternoon on the first two days, and half an hour on the last day. Located right next to the Kensington railway station, Olympia London exhibition centre has multiple ways to ensure you reach it in a speedy way. You can take the metro, use the Overground line or take the main railway to any direction in London you want. That’s excluding the number of bus lines that service the area.

What Are People Saying?

“This was our first Toy Fair and we’ve been blown away by the quality of not only the delegates, but the event on the whole. We’ve had a number of fantastic leads with some of the country’s best known retailers. We’re very excited about bringing the Birdie to the UK,” – Michael Fulton, Bird;

“It’s the first time Moose Toys has exhibited at Toy Fair and we’ve had an incredibly positive reception. As one of the fastest growing toy companies in the UK, we’re investing heavily into our UK business for 2020 and the Fair has been the best platform to showcase our innovative products across preschool to collectibles,” – Neil Sinner, Moose;

“Seeing our brans presented in their best format, having positive feedback from out clients and feeling the power of a team pulling together are what makes London Toy Fair such an important date in our calendar. It’s hard work in the preparation but provides an invaluable start to the year,” – Mary Wood, Tomy.

Audience & Statistics

The Toy Fair, as all testimonial so far have said, is about building relationships and growing your professional network with serious buyers. The exhibition is tight-lipped about its visitor numbers, but you will be competing for attention with 260 other companies. The Toy Fair is home to the most prestigious and recognizable brands like Jumbo, Lego, Bandai, Playmobil, Hasbro & Tomy. Their presence ensures that only high-profile trade professionals make the trip to London and you will be able to meet with buyers, merchandisers, licensors, play specialists, marketers, inventors, designers, suppliers, distributors, importers, agents and educational specialists. That’s quite a rich variety of opportunities to grow your brand and diversify revenue streams.

Accommodation

It’ll take you days to go through all the possibilities for accommodation for the Toy Fair, which is all time, effort and resources better invested in your business. Leave your travel arrangements to Trade Fair Trips ltd. We take your criteria – price cap, accommodation type and ideal location – to curate and send you a custom list with the perfect deals. This way your trip to the Toy Fair will go smoothly and you can make cuts on all your expenses. We always make sure your experience is streamlined so we provide you with hotels near Olympia London. Trade Fair Trips ltd is also here for you for anything else you might need. We are able to reserve meeting facilities ahead of time in your name. Also if you don’t know who will build your fair booth, you can hire us to do it for you!

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How to get to the TOY FAIR
On foot
On foot:

from the Central Station on 37 Wharfdale Rd - 1h 47min walk

By car
By car:

from the Central Station on 37 Wharfdale Rd - 28 min 

from Heathrow Airport is 25 min car ride

By public transport
By public transport:

from King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station tke the blue metro line in direction Northfields fro 12 stops to Barons Court Station. From here you have additional 10 min walk to the venue (total = 36 min)
from Heathrow Airport walk to Hatton Cross Station and take the blue metro line in direction Cockfosters for 10 stops to Barons Court Station and in another 10 min to the venue (total = 46 min)

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